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First Place National Award Winning Kitchen

NKBA First Place National Award Winning Kitchen 2016

As promised, I am finally sharing the details of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) First Place National Award Winning Kitchen. I have waited to share the before and after photos with my readers because I wanted to convey properly the beauty of this kitchen, the exquisite detailing and the unique features. You know I love before and after photos as I think they show the amount of decisions that need to be made at every step of the project. These homeowners were invested in each and every decision. In creating a design, I try to use a Five Phase process. Each of these phases has a varying number of steps within to accomplish the winning end result. This is especially true in kitchen and bath design.

The Five Phases I use:

1. Introductions

2. Pre-Design Consultation

3. Schematic

4. Design Development

5. Implementation

Window View

Window View

 

My approach tends to be a little different than most designers and architects. I plan to write an in depth description of each of these processes in another post.   Let’s focus on some of the steps we took to create this beautiful kitchen with photos. More »

Award Winning Kitchen Design

Award Winner for Best Large Kitchen 3rd Place

National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)Puget Sound Chapter announced the winners of the annual Design Competition last week. I am so pleased that this Award Winning Kitchen Design won 3rd Place for Best Large Kitchen!

Do you love before and after photos as much as I do? I’d like to share just a few steps of the process with you in creating this beautiful kitchen remodel. Here is the finished kitchen looking in the same direction as the Before Photo.

View from the same direction as the BEFORE photo

View from the same direction as the BEFORE photo

Now take a look at the BEFORE photo!

BEFORE

BEFORE

Quite a dramatic change isn’t it? Most important to the homeowner were the following objectives:

  • *Update to gracious chef-friendly space
  • *New open floor plan
  • *Brighten, lighten and incorporate energy efficient lighting
  • *Maximize view of Puget Sound
  • *Amplify counter space
  • *Find space for new powder room

 

There was quite a bit of rearranging to enlarge the kitchen and open up the space to the light. A bedroom was eliminated to create a powder room. The Master Bedroom walls were rearranged to allow a new entry area as well as another door to a deck on the side of the house. Here are some of the BEFORE photos of the remodel under construction.
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Enchanting Chandelier

The most Exquisite and Enchanting Chandelier Ever!

AFTER with Artwork and Chandelier

AFTER with Artwork and Chandelier

Even the electricians (three in all) were taking photos to remember how enchanting this chandelier looked in this Yarrow Point dining room. For years! I’ve been searching for the perfect chandelier.  After installing the beautiful commissioned triptych, we wanted to replace the rather heavy existing chandelier. Here is a photo of the original chandelier sans artwork.

BEFORE: Dining Room and Original Chandelier

BEFORE: Dining Room and Original Chandelier

Once the Artwork was installed, the original chandelier did not enhance and in fact detracted from the art. So my mission was to find something airier, perhaps more dainty and of course lighter in weight. Well, not in pounds, but, you know,visually. For some reason I was attracted to branches or abstract organic designs in mostly linear shapes. The home is on the water and it was “natural” to want to connect the outdoors. I kept photographing ideas as I would see them. But not until I found this one, which is actually called “Coral Sea”, did the size, shape, finish, and style all click for this space. More »

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends 2016 Las Vegas Style

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends 2016 and beyond are featured at KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Las Vegas. An early flight allowed me to capture the dazzling  sunrise above Mount Rainier. Just the start of a beautiful four days of ingesting all things splendid and delicious! Many of the Kitchen and Bath Design Trends are destined to become classics.

Mount Rainier

Sunrise at Mount Rainier

 

The Awards Gala was the highlight of my trip to KBIS 2016 but there were many more beautiful moments to capture. The finalists would be announced at the Gala Awards event which I was excited to attend. And the FIRST PLACE Award Winner for Small Kitchen Design is…..

First Place Award Winner KBIS 2016

First Place Winner Judith Wright Design

 

The Award is actually a very pretty, very  heavy crystal obelisk which was extremely difficult to carry outside the box while dancing at the posh nightclub “Marquee” at the Cosmopolitan. More »